[FoRK] Why do political and economic leaders deny Peak Oil and Climate Change? (Eugen Leitl)

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Sat Sep 7 17:53:06 PDT 2013


On 9/7/13 3:47 PM, Randall Webmail wrote:
> From: Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org>
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>>> Given what's happening with natural gas and tracking, that doesn't seem so unlikely.
>> Looking at recent data, the fracking era is already over, barely after it began.
> Are you aware of the fact that hydraulic fracking has been nigh-ubiquitous for at least forty years?
>
> This is an area in which I have personal knowledge.
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> Oil is produced from wells by drilling into sand, lime or shale strata which contain oil.
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> Sand pays are fracked with high-pressure water and lime is fracked with high-pressure acid.  I don't know anything about producing from shale, other than what everybody knows - that fluid is pumped in to crack the shale and increase the surface area from which the oil can bleed into the hole from which it is pumped.
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> ("Tar Sands" oil, AKA bitumen, is lifted by means of in-situ liquefaction and extraction, such as THAI-CAPRI).
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> EVERY oil well is fracked or it is plugged, unless it produces oil faster than it can be hauled away.
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> Fracking recently has had a lot of publicity, but it is not a new technology.  (Vertical drilling IS relatively new, but that's neither here nor there.)

Horizontal drilling you mean?  Especially the finely steerable kind.

sdw



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